Want to watch American Idol live in 2020? We don't blame you. The hit TV show has previously unearthed stars like Grammy-winners Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson – plus some guy called Adam Lambert. We think you might have heard of him, too?
With the 18th season of the hugely popular show now underway, the hope is that another groundbreaking new talent is about to be revealed right before our eyes. As such, we're sure you'll get hooked on this year's contest so we're here to tell you how to watch American Idol 2020 live from wherever you are in the world.
Ryan Seacreast will once again host the singing competition, and this year he'll be joined by a star-studded panel of judges featuring chart topper Katy Perry, all-around legend Lionel Ritchie, and country music icon Luke Bryan. Media personality Bobby Bones also returns in his role as mentor to the contestants.
Read on to discover how to watch American Idol online live and as it happens from anywhere on the planet.
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How to watch American Idol online from outside your country
As its name might suggest, American Idol is…an American show. But fear not, it's easy to watch American Idol live in 2020 even if you're out of the country and there isn't local TV coverage. The solution is to download a VPN, which allows you to get around pesky geo-blocking restrictions and watch American Idol online from pretty much anywhere.
A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a simple (and completely legal) bit of software kit that changes your IP address so that you can access episodes of shows like American Idol live or on demand, as they become available – just like you would if you were at home.
How to watch American Idol online for free in the US
- Hulu + Live TV: One basic plan with over 65 channels and On Demand content for $ 54.99 p/m. Numerous add-ons are available. Check to see if ABC is available in your area. If you can't stream it live, episodes of The Bachelor are online to watch the day after the program airs.
- AT&T Now: Has numerous plans, the cheapest being $ 65 p/m for over 40 channels, which includes ABC as well as HBO. As ABC is only available in select markets you should check to ensure you have access to the channel's live stream.
- YouTube TV: $ 44.99 for over 70 channels. Episodes of The Bachelor can be watched On Demand and live, though double check ABC is available to stream in your area by entering your zip code.
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Equally bad news, Aussie mates – Foxtel dropped the rights to air the popular talent show Down Under after season 17, so we don't know of any way to watch American Idol in Australia live.
Or rather, the only method that comes to mind is using a VPN as discussed above. So it would be a case of signing up for and logging in to a service that shows it elsewhere (e.g. Hulu, Netflix, etc) and then using a VPN to virtually relocate yoru IP address to that country so you can watch as if you were there.